Two airliners bump on ground during de-icing

CHICAGO (BestGrowthStock) – Two commercial airplanes operated by US Airways (LCC.N: ) and Republic Airways (RJET.O: ) bumped during routine de-icing in St. Louis on Tuesday, forcing them back to their gates for inspection, officials said.

One plane, an Embraer E175 headed to Philadelphia, was on the de-icing platform when one of its rear wings was touched by the main wing of an Airbus A319 bound for Charlotte, N.C., which was getting in line to be de-iced, said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Hamm-Niebruegge said the Embraer’s rear wing had some minor damage and passengers were taken off the plane.

There were no injuries, a US Airways spokeswoman said. Both flights were later canceled, she added.

She identified the Philadelphia flight as operated by Republic and the Charlotte plane by US Airways.

(Reporting by Kyle Peterson and Mary Wisniewski; editing by Peter Bohan)

Two airliners bump on ground during de-icing